Alexis Sanchez has spoken of how Romelu Lukaku helped to convince him to join Inter Milan on loan this season.
The Chilean has followed the Belgian to the San Siro on a season-long loan following a miserable 2018-19 campaign under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford in January 2018, managed just two goals from 27 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring just once in the Premier League.
Reflecting on what convinced him to become an Inter player, Sanchez told Sky Sports News: “I am happy to return to Italian football, then we will see. I want to do only the best for me, for the team and for the Inter fans.”
“We can talk about a championship, I am here to win something. The team has not won for eight years, but has everything to do it.
“The group is young and strong, there is a coach who wants to win. The presence of Conte was important, he conveys confidence to the players.
“Lukaku is happy to be here, he also convinced me to come here.”
United have agreed to subsidise a significant portion of Sanchez’s wages at Inter this season, and may well help to fund a more permanent move away further down the line. Maybe Ed Woodward should try his luck on Starspins mobile seeing as we’re spending so much on Sanchez’s wages this season, an outrageous amount when you think about it.
Indeed, even if Sanchez does impress this season, it is likely that many United fans will still not want him back. Sanchez’s failure at Old Trafford has felt like something more than merely technical; it looks as if his boots are on the wrong foot.
A move to China, you suspect, beckons in the not too distant future.